The Prince's Regeneration Trust

Castletown, Caithness

To undertake an exemplar project to restore and regenerate the 'Backies', the last surviving pair of flagstone workers’ cottages in Castletown. The project will stimulate and promote heritage-led regeneration across the North Highlands.

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The remarkable vernacular built heritage of the North Highlands is in danger of being lost. A reduction in prosperity after the collapse of its traditional industrieshas resulted in population decline and a reduction in the availability of traditional building skills needed to maintain traditional buildings. The Caithness Redundant Buildings Report and Inventory highlighted over 1250 buildings at risk and called for exemplar schemes of repair to encourage their re-use rather than demolition.


Working in conjunction with the Prince of Wales' North Highland Initiative, we aim to enhance the area through the exemplar sustainable repair and regeneration of the Backies. The project will not only save the buildings for future generations, but will also be linked to vital training and education opportunities for local tradespeople, private owners and the wider community. The sustainable re-use of traditional buildings adds value, promotes tourism and helps boost the local economy.